Friday, October 28, 2005

SEC Basketball Media Day

I really like the Clarion Ledger breakdown of our top six guys on the team. Here it is below:

The General: Todd Abernethy
The junior was a scorer off the bench last year and won the SEC's Sixth Man award. Now a more complete guard, Abernethy moves back to the point and will be asked to distribute the rock.

The Bomber: Clarence Sanders
Rated as highly as the No. 3 juco player in the nation last season, Sanders is expected to add instant offense. The 6-2 guard shot 40 percent from 3-point range and averaged 20 ppg in juco.

The Igniter: Londrick Nolen
Nolen, the Rebs' returning leading scorer at 10 ppg, is the X factor. The versatile forward showed early last season he has the talent to be a marquee player. Then, he it a wall. Will he recover?

The Role Player: Dwayne Curtis
Eligible after sitting out last season, the Auburn transfer will shoulder a big load as the go-to threat in the post. At 6-8 1/2 and 290 pounds, Curtis gives Ole Miss a true bruiser down low.

The Defender: Xavier Hansbro
Barnes raves about Hansbro's athleticism and wingspan. The 6-9, 225-pounder could make his biggest impact on defense. The freshman averaged 14.7 rebounds and 7 blocks as a HS senior.

The 6th Man: Brandon Patterson
The sophomore wing player will step in at as many as three positions. Patterson, the team's best 3-point shooter last season, has focused on becoming a better ball-handler to spell Abernethy.